FOSTER CITY, Calif.,
Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/
-- Pent-up vacation demand may be at an all-time high and as
vaccinations roll out, many may begin planning trips.
CardRatings.com, a leader in online credit-card ratings, shares a
new resource highlighting the best places to travel and the most
travel reward-friendly credit cards to help fund upcoming
The new resource, Planning Ahead for 2021 Travel, navigates the
nuances of where, when and how to best travel —and how to best
leverage a credit card.
"It may not be a good time to vacation now, but it could be a
great time to start planning one," advises Jennifer Doss, site editor for CardRatings.com.
"Perhaps not for a winter getaway or spring fling, but possibly for
late summer or fall."
With planning in mind, potential travelers may be in the market
to sign up for a credit card that specializes in travel
CardRatings.com points to several credit cards that are
particularly attractive to travelers. Find here a smattering of
options featured in our new guide:
- Capital One Venture:
Cardholders can earn 60,000 miles, which is equal to $600 in travel, after spending $3,000 within the first three months. This card
also has no foreign transaction fees.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred: The welcome bonus is worth up
to $750 in travel, and cardholders
continue to earn two points on travel and for dining at
restaurants; this includes takeout and delivery.
- Discover It Miles: A general welcome offer takes a
little time to earn. With each dollar spent, cardholders earn 1.5
miles, and then Discover matches all of these miles at the end of a
cardholder's first year of membership. There is no annual fee.
- American Express Gold Card: Cardholders can earn 60,000
bonus membership rewards points after spending $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first six
months. A couple of this card's perks are a $100 credit to spend on qualifying hotels, and
rental car insurance.
- Bank of America Premium Rewards: After cardholders spend
$3,000 within the first 90 days, they
can earn 50,000 bonus points. Perks include up to $100 in airline incidentals.
Still, booking a trip during uncertain times can be scary. The
new resource breaks down coverage details and specifications on
trip cancelation service, as well as the process for changing or
canceling awards tickets.
Travel coach and consultant Sarah Rose
De Vore shares with CardRatings' readers the ins and outs of
planning a trip when using a credit card. "There are great deals
out there right now for credit cards offering a generous amount of
miles for applying and meeting their criteria."
Tips for getting the most out of travel friendly credit
- Think hard before applying. Is the comfort of first
class flying more important than a fancy hotel? Travel perks need
to be applied to what matters most to the traveler. Is it a good
time to apply for a credit card?
- Hang on tight to those rewards. The allure of the
immediate cash back reward can be tempting. It's often more
beneficial to let points accumulate.
- A credit card is but a piece of the puzzle. Everyone's
been putting puzzles together during the pandemic. Experts advise
thinking of a credit card as a puzzle piece that complements
another card in the house.
"There are so many ways to plan an affordable vacation using
travel rewards cards," concludes Doss. "There's a lot of pent-up
demand for taking an adventure somewhere, so it's definitely worth
thinking ahead as there are currently some really great offers on
the table that can be used toward future travel."
Doss is available to speak on how consumers can use various
cards rewards programs to reap the maximum benefits.
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